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Career Opportunities

M.S. in Special Education

Projected employment growth indicates that the need for special education teachers will increase faster than most other occupations over the next decade, based on several factors:

  • A rise in the number of special education students who require services
  • Legislation that demands higher standards for special education qualifications
  • A rise in specific areas of education such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and literacy issues arising from a multicultural population
  • The need for instructional technology for special education students

In addition to helping fill a shortage of highly qualified instructors in the classroom, the credential as a special education expert will prepare students for a range of possible careers paths including:

  • Lead teacher
  • Department chair or an administrator overseeing special education programs
  • Educational advisor in a state or the national department of education

The program is also a path to employment with special education advocacy, professional organizations, and learning organizations.